Our new BEng Sustainable Design Engineering course will introduce students to a range of engineering systems and concepts. It has been carefully constructed to prepare graduates to work effectively in the modern world of engineering and gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating discipline.
Those who study the course will be introduced to a selection of analytical and management techniques, and the tools to apply these techniques in accordance with the recognised ethical requirements expected of, and by, professional engineers.
Topics of study include; sustainable engineering, smart factories, manufacturing systems design and digital technologies.
programme content to prepare you for tomorrow's engineering world
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Teaching methods include seminars, tutorials, groupwork and interdisciplinary groupwork teaming up with mechanical and electrical students.
Students will be assessed in a variety of ways, including online assessment, coursework, group work and laboratory demonstrations. There are no examinations as part of this course.
Learn to use digital technologies to support and enhance your work as an engineer. Use advanced engineering software to perform engineering calculations and analysis and learn to design, simulate, and prototype systems as part of a digital workflow. Develop smart electronic systems, comprising both hardware and software, and simple computer programs.
Develop the mathematical and analytical skills needed to solve engineering problems. Study the foundations of topics such as algebra, trigonometry, Calculus, matrices and differential equations. Gain transferable skills in problem-solving.
Expand your knowledge of all engineering materials (metals, polymers, ceramics and composites), their properties and processing. Build on your understanding of manufacturing processes and systems alongside economic, ethical and environmental considerations. Apply computer-aided materials selection and manufacturing process selection techniques to engineering components.
Understand the fundamental concepts, laws, and analytical methods for the solution of engineering mechanics problems. Use mechanical technology and evaluate the results of practical mechanics experiments. Utilise different mathematical techniques such as differentiation, integration, solution of simultaneous equations, ordinary differential equations (ODEs), trigonometry, and vectors.
Gain a fundamental understanding of concepts related to electronic and electrical engineering. Grow your analytical skills to be able to solve electronic and electrical circuits. Enhance your knowledge of machines and transformers.
Get an introduction to the world of design engineering. Learn to use key design and engineering software such as CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Develop the ability to produce an engineering drawing, alongside workshop and manufacturing skills.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine the operation and application of a range of both microprocessors and PLCs. Investigate the internal architecture, operation and programming techniques of microprocessors and microcontrollers and their role in data capture applications. Apply your skills with design activities and use a problem-based learning approach.
Discover a wide spectrum of the tools and techniques related to operations management within a manufacturing context. Examine the lifecycle of a product and look at the various steps in bringing new products to the marketplace. Develop a broader understanding of logistics in the planning and control of operations, including the management of inventory and key Material Requirement Planning (MRP).
Advance your knowledge of the fundamentals of sustainable engineering. Understand more about the application of sustainable engineering within modern engineering practices. Consider the impacts that sustainable engineering can have on organisations and the wider environment.
Gather a critical understanding of the business and finance strategies applied to engineering organisations. Gain valuable analytical and evaluative skills via a thorough investigation of engineering business transformation requirements for Industry 4.0 and beyond. Conclude with a robust understanding of various approaches to business and engineering transformation and innovation.
Discover more about the different smart factory enabling technologies. Examine their operation and look at how they can be integrated into practice. Consider the impact that smart factories may have on the manufacturing environment and processes.
Work in groups across engineering disciplines to solve a real-world engineering problem. Apply your specialist skills and knowledge to perform tasks to support your project group. Progress your project through the various stages including; identifying the problem, project planning, design and evaluation.
Explore some of the soft skills outlined in the UK-SPEC which are pre-requisites to chartered status. Develop your communication and interpersonal skills alongside the design and development of processes and systems. Discover more about project management, and some of the techniques associated with it.
Undertake a unique engineering project that builds on one or more of the topics you've studied throughout your course. Conduct research and resolve an engineering problem in an area of practice that is interesting to you. Enhance your time-management and research skills.
Discover a range of tools that can be applied within a manufacturing context to analyse existing performance and aid the development of models and systems which achieve an enhanced level of productivity. Develop your knowledge of modern measurement and control tools.
Gain an appreciation and understanding of the practical and professional considerations involved in introducing digital technologies to a manufacturing process or facility.
Increase your knowledge and understanding of modern maintenance practices. Study the applied theory of maintenance strategies, data management, the use of emerging technologies as well as increase your awareness of the importance of human factors. Identify and apply the key characteristics of maintenance techniques that contribute to the success of modern manufacturing organisations.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)|
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent) OR Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you are from the UK/Ireland/EU settled/pre-settled.
If you are a full-time UK/Irish/EU settled/EU pre-settled student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fees for the full four years. UK and EU settled students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Throughout the duration of this course, you will have access to our full range of engineering laboratories and workshops, and this will help to prepare you for the world of professional engineering. You'll develop and enhance your skills using specialist equipment, accessible both on and off-campus. After graduating you'll be able to work in a variety of sectors including, aerospace, nuclear, defence, automotive, oil and gas, subsea, marine, and energy.
Our recent Engineering graduates have gone on to work for companies such as McLaren Automotive, General Motors, Jaguar, Perkins Engines, GSK, Northumbrian Water, Hitachi and Parametrics Technology. Other graduates conduct research within major automotive manufacturers such as Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan.
To further enhance your employability we encourage you to apply for a 48-week placement where available between your second and final year. Placements are subject to availability and interviews are required. They are usually paid, with past students having earned an average salary of £14,000-£18,000 a year depending on location
Placements are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers. Examples of companies that have offered placements to Sunderland students include Jaguar, Vauxhall, Nissan, Caterham Cars, Cummins Engines and Tata Steel.